NEARLY £1 million has been awarded to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to improve dementia care.
The money will be given to eight residential homes and four care home providers, as well as being used to help fund improvements to three wards at St Mary's Hospital.
The trust is one of 116 hospitals and care home selected as part of a £50 million national pilot scheme to improve care.
The recently opened Shackleton ward at St Mary's will have a specialised garden area added to its dementia facility.
Dr Richard Braithwaite, consultant psychiatrist and lead clinician for memory service, said: "The risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, so it is becoming more common as we all live longer.
"Going into hospital or being discharged into a care home can be very daunting experiences for many people, but those with dementia, who may be unable to make sense of their surroundings, can find such moves even more unsettling."
It is hoped cleaner, more standardised, facilities will be more welcoming to those suffering from dementia.
He added: "Colour schemes and facilities will be consistent between care homes and the hospital, so that when patients are admitted and discharged they will be in a familiar environment. In this way, the funding will enable us to put the Island at the forefront of excellence in dementia care."
The £987,362 will be divided up; with nursing homes receiving £316,175, residential care homes getting £272,154, and the IW NHS Trust receiving £399,033.
Service manager at the memory service, Sian Bayer, said: "The project will be a step towards creating a dementia friendly island, by providing an environment which is standardised and harmonised across different care settings."
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt MP, said: "There is little doubt that out our home and work environment has an important impact upon our day to day lives, and our care environment is no exception."
He added: "Funding was awarded to projects that demonstrated how practical changes to the environment, within which people with dementia are treated in, will make a tangible improvement to their condition."